Zinedine Zidane is set to take over as Paris Saint-Germain’s new coach when the French giants are knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid in the coming weeks.
However, it has also emerged that Zidane could have been in charge of PSG if it had not been for the draw that made them compare to his old club.
Having led Real Madrid to three UEFA Champions League titles in two and a half years, and La Liga victories in the Bernabeu hot seat, Zidane is undoubtedly the most coveted coach in world football who is currently out of work.
The Frenchman had been linked with a move to Manchester United in November when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked but had no interest in taking over at Old Trafford.
Current PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to bring to Parc des Princes. He failed to lead the club to the Ligue 1 title last season, finishing behind Lille. And while home fame looks solid this year, PSG’s main goal is to win the Champions League.
The Argentine coach has a contract in the French capital until 2023 but is armed with a team consisting of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, whose expectations are higher than ever.
Julien Maynard of Telefoot said Zidane would have been appointed as PSG coach now. The obstacle seems to be to respect Real, who are due to meet on February 15 in Paris and reunite on March 9 in Madrid.
Zidane has spent most of the last 21 years officially associated with Real. He joined the club as the most expensive player in the world in 2001, resigned from Los Blancos in 2006, and was later appointed as adviser to president Florentino Perez in 2009.
He took part in mentoring for the first team in 2010, was promoted to director of sport in 2011, and was appointed as the team’s assistant coach two years later, before which he was given control of the club’s Castilla squad and eventually took over as the first team. the head coach in 2016.
Since leaving Real Madrid for the second time last year, Zidane has been tipped to become France’s next national team coach. Current manager Didier Deschamps has a contract until after the 2022 World Cup next winter, which means Zidane will have to wait until at least 2023 to get the job.